Driving Business Success

Driving Business Success

What does it take to run a successful manufacturing operation? Companies that embrace innovation, shift operational models to keep pace with change and invest in ongoing employee development are likely to stay ahead of the pack. That’s the enviable position 140-year-old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT) in Winston-Salem finds itself in, thanks in part to its ...

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Hands That See

Hands That See

As a young boy growing up in Plymouth, England, Chris Soothill imagined joining the army or navy someday. Those dreams were dashed after he was diagnosed with a visual impairment. But life had other plans. He came to the U.S. in 1999 at age 27 to marry an American woman. He landed a job, first in ...

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One Thing Leads To Another

One Thing Leads To Another

The path to success doesn’t always follow a straight line. Sometimes you have to take a detour or stop at a crossroads. At least that’s been Kati Maas’ experience. Fresh out of high school in 2007, Kati knew she wanted to work in healthcare. She just wasn’t sure which career to choose. After applying to a ...

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Thriving In An Era Of Change

Thriving In An Era Of Change

Rhonda Carson expected to spend the bulk of her career at a local bank. The Forsyth Tech alumna, who earned an AAS degree with high honors in Information Systems in 1998, was convinced that the bank – where she had already begun working the year before – offered a range of opportunities she could build ...

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Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

Stepping Up To The Future The crowd can barely suppress their excitement as Forsyth Tech’s class of 2015 enters Winston-Salem’s LJVM Coliseum on May 7, 2015. Five hundred graduates in royal blue gowns and mortarboards make their way, single file, to reserved seating on the Coliseum floor. They’re bursting with anticipation, but also with pride, joy, ...

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Feature: Personal Partnerships

Feature: Personal Partnerships

All in the Family When Tim Lasley was in high school, he worked part time at Wilson’s Garage in Pfafftown and became a volunteer firefighter at Pfafftown’s Vienna Fire Department. Little did he know that both workplaces would lead him to Forsyth Tech and that all three places would occupy a central role in his life. Tim ...

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Feature: Community Partnerships

Feature: Community Partnerships

A New Crop A hay dummy wrapped in white plastic – proxy for a farm worker – gets shredded in an instant by a spinning power takeoff shaft transferring power from a tractor to another piece of equipment. A few minutes later, the ground rumbles when a tractor is tipped over, crushing a hay dummy sitting ...

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Feature: Business Partnerships

Feature: Business Partnerships

All roads lead to work at Forsyth Tech. Partnerships with local employers and community organizations are key tools the college uses to provide students with the most productive educational experience possible that will usher them into the workforce. Students learn hands-on skills from instructors who work or have worked in their fields. Professionals guest-lecture on campus. ...

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Herb Burns Joins Fulbright Committee

Herb Burns Joins Fulbright Committee

In April of this year, Herb Burns, Forsyth Tech’s chair of Design Technologies and program coordinator for Digital Effects & Animation, visited Washington, D.C., at the request of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Herb was among an elite group of 14 Fulbright Scholar alums who were extended an invitation to ...

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20,000 Reasons To Celebrate The Shugart Women’s Center

20,000 Reasons To Celebrate The Shugart Women’s Center

What do women want? Well, if they’re Forsyth Tech students, a lot – beginning with empowerment opportunities, help locating childcare, and counseling when the going gets rough. The Shugart Women’s Center at Forsyth Tech is a place where they can find advocacy, referrals to local agencies and information to help them reach their goals. Started in ...

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